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Sunday, 12/9: Chancel Choir and Friends present Haydn’s Creation Mass

December 9, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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Mark your calendars for a very special musical event on Sunday, December 9, the second Sunday of Advent. The Chancel Choir and Friends, and guest orchestra and vocal soloists, will present Haydn’s beautiful Schöpfungsmesse (Creation Mass) during our 10:30 AM worship service. Twice a year, Director of Music Gerald Holbrook invites singer friends from our community to join our Chancel Choir to present a major choral work. Many of our choir friends have been singing with us for more than a decade, and it’s always a pleasure to welcome them back for our winter and spring major works.


F. J. Haydn, painted by John Hoppner in 1791.

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was an Austrian composer who worked in Europe during the Classical period. He was very prolific, composing string quartets, piano trios, solo piano works, operas, oratorios, masses, and more than 100 symphonies throughout his long life. Haydn was instrumental in the development of what was eventually called sonata form, an elegant way of structuring pieces of music that still influences composers today, working more than 200 years after his death. Mozart looked to Haydn as a friend and mentor, and Haydn also taught the young Beethoven for a time. He is sometimes called the “Father of the Symphony.”


Haydn completed the Mass No. 13 in B-flat major, known as Schöpfungsmesse (Creation Mass), in September 1801. It was first presented on the Sunday following the Saint’s Day of the princess Maria Josepha Hermenegild, Princess of Liechtenstein (wife of Prince Nikolaus Esterházy). The Esterházy family were important patrons for Haydn for much of his career. The title, Creation Mass, was added to the piece later because Haydn incorporated a few musical quotes from his famous oratorio, Die Schöpfung (The Creation), written in 1797-98.


Schöpfungsmesse is through-composed, and scored for 4 vocal soloists, choir, and orchestra. It uses solo vocal quartet in place of the more virtuosic arias that customarily comprise such works. The piece is considered one of the true masterpieces of sacred music from the Viennese Classical period.


There is no admission charge to hear this masterpiece…simply join us for our 10:30 AM worship service on Sunday, December 9, and please invite your friends!


Also on 12/9: Before or after church, get all your holiday goodies and gifts at the UMW (United Methodist Women) Bake Sale in the parlor! The sale will also include Palestinian-made products including olive oil; sales of these goods will benefit Pilgrims of Ibillin, Boulder Nablus Sister City Project, and Yadiha (a business that supports refugee women in Gaza).


For questions about parking during the construction of the Attention Homes Apartments on our campus, please visit our parking page.


Since 1997, First United Methodist Church of Boulder has been a member church of the Reconciling Ministries Network, fully welcoming of LGBTQ people and their loved ones. Absolutely EVERYONE is welcome!


Gerald Holbrook
303.442.3770, ext 139


First United Methodist Church of Boulder
1421 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302 United States
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